Janelle Hardy

Class Title: The Not-Sweet Woman
Instructor: Janelle Hardy
Class Term: January 28-March 4, 2019
We are not accepting any more enrollments for Janelle's class; the class has started.


Staying sweet? No. Not for me. But savory? With some salt, a dash of bitters, and some slightly sour flavors? Yes. For women who are wholly human, wholly here, and full of flavor, this is a course in which we write the full range of our lives — stories that reflect all of the ways in which we are everything BUT supersweet, using the five flavors as inspiration.

Class Description

This is a 5 week course including weekly videocalls to discuss the weekly theme and write together. You'll receive a weekly e-mail with the writing lesson (including a story, a description of the theme, and prompts to stir your spirit into creative self-expression.) You'll e-mail the writing to me for feedback.

At the end of this class, students will be able to use their senses and body as a source of writing inspiration, they'll have 5 completed short stories about themselves.

Best of all, students will have a greater sense of the vibrancy of themselves as women, and how to fully express that through writing.

Instruction/Communication Method: Weekly e-mails including the writing lessons, weekly videocalls to connect, and a yahoo group site (or facebook secret group, if all the participants use facebook, as I find that easier.)


Every week I'll send a message on Monday morning with the weekly lesson.

Each week the lesson will include a story, information about the flavor being used for inspiration, and writing prompts.

  • Unit 1: More salty thank sweet.
  • Unit 2: More sour than sweet.
  • Unit 3: More bitter than sweet.
  • Unit 4: More savory than sweet.
  • Unit 5: Naturally sweet but not sugary.

Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required

Any range of writing skills is appropriate for this course. Must be able to type/use word processing, and have access to e-mail + internet. Participating in the videocalls is not required, but recommended. We'll use the Zoom platform, which is free for participants, but requires downloading the software (relatively simple to install)

Time Commitment: approx 2 hour per week.

Tuition/Fees for this course

SCN members: $160. Non-SCN members: $200.

Instructor Bio

Janelle Hardy is an artist, writer and single mother who specializes in supporting the healing and creativity of sensitive, courageous big-hearted women using a transformative memoir-writing called The Art of Personal Mythmaking. You can learn more on her website.

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